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New SAT Security Changes After NY Cheating Ring

Jeff Greenberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After last year's scandal on New York's Long Island that involved high school students paying others to take the SAT for them, the College Board announced security changes Tuesday.

"We are confident that the security enhancements announced today will help maintain an honest and fair testing environment for the millions of students who take the SAT each year as part of the college admission process," said Kathryn Juric, vice president of the College Board for the SAT Program.

"These reforms close a gaping hole in standardized test security that allowed students to cheat and steal admissions offers and scholarship money from kids who played by the rules," said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. "Millions of college-bound students who take the SAT and ACT each year should have renewed confidence that honest applicants will not take a back seat to cheaters, and that those who cheat will be caught."

In September, an alleged SAT cheating ring was uncovered on Long Island and seven students were arrested. Prosecutors said that at least six high school students had paid collegiate Sam Eshaghoff thousands of dollars to take the test for them. But by November, the college entrance exam cheating scandal had grown, with 12 more students facing felony charges.

A total of 20 teens were arrested for either impersonating someone and taking the test or paying someone to take it for them, Rice said.

Last year, the College Board said that the agency and the Educational Testing Services would review its security enhancements. ETS also hired a firm led by former FBI director Louis Freeh to determine whether its security procedures were deficient.

The College Board's reforms, which will take effect in the fall, include test-takers either uploading a picture of themselves during registration or mailing an image to the testing agency and proctors more frequently checking IDs. The photos submitted by the students will be printed on their admission ticket and test center will have them. The uploaded photos would be retained in a database and made available to high school and college admissions officials.

The rival ACT is also changing its security measures.

"ACT is proud to announce new safeguards that will further ensure the integrity of the testing process and meet students in the tech-savvy world they live in today," said Jon Erickson, president of ACT Education. "Under our revised test security protocols, test security will be enhanced by the latest Web and photography technology, while being reinforced by the people who know the students best -- the teachers and counselors at their high schools."

According to the College Board website, more than 2 million students take the test each year. Last year, 138 scores were canceled after ETS found that students had cheated on their exams.

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Claremont McKenna Students Respond to Padded SAT Scores

Hemera/Thinkstock(CLAREMONT, Calif.) -- Students at Claremont McKenna College told ABC News on Tuesday they were “in shock” at recent news that for the past six years the small, prestigious school had bumped up the SAT scores of its incoming freshmen in an effort to boost the school’s ranking in the influential U.S. News and World Report’s listing.

“There’s some negative feelings going around,” said Sam Kahr, a student at the Claremont, Calif., college. “But we are the first people to openly come out and acknowledge that we have done this, and I feel that deserves merit on the part of the administration.”

On Monday, Pamela Gann, Claremont McKenna’s president, released a statement to students and faculty, saying that “a senior administrator” had resigned after admitting to being, “solely responsible for falsely reporting SAT statistics since 2005.”

Gann said in her statement that, “the reported critical reading and/or math SAT scores were generally inflated by an average of 10-20 points.”

She said that the school did not believe anyone else was involved and that legal counsel would independently review the school’s admission-related data processes.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that Richard Vos, the school’s vice president, dean of admissions and financial aid, had been removed from the college’s website Monday and that he was no longer employed at the school.

U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Claremont McKenna ninth among the country’s liberal arts colleges for 2012, released a statement Tuesday on its website, saying that it would review new SAT scores sent from the school and, “estimate its actual impact on Claremont McKenna College’s rankings and publish that information” online.

Brian Kelly, the editor of U.S. News and World Report, told ABC News on Tuesday, however, that he didn’t think the inflated SAT scores would affect the school’s overall score “all that much.”  SAT scores account for 7.5 percent of a school’s total score.

“It’s not huge,” Kelly said. “We fold a lot of different kinds of measurements (such as class rank, acceptance rates and student selectivity) together to come up with our ranking.”

Gracie Mahan, a Claremont McKenna student, said the incident was embarrassing.

“Knowing that the scores were changed…it’s a very serious issue,” she said. “I think a lot of kids make their college decision off what the scores look like at a school.  It’s unacceptable for these numbers to have been tampered with.”

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